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The Two-Hour Season Three Finale Of TNT's DALLAS: One Ewing Will Die!

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Next week on Monday night, September 22nd (9PMET), it’s the two-hour season three  finale of TNT’s Dallas!  With so many lives on the line, so much betrayal, and so many twists and turns, it could just turn out to be epic!

In this newly released promo for the season finale, the voice-over clearly states: “ONE … EWING … WILL … DIE!” But which Ewing will it be? An extended Ewing family member … or a core Ewing?  That is the question!

In the heart-stopping promo are: Patrick Duffy (Bobby), Brenda Strong (Ann), Emma Bell (Emma) Judith Light (Judith), Mitch Pileggi (Harris), Josh Henderson (John Ross), Julie Gonzalo (Pamela), Jordana Brewster (Elena), Jesse Metcalfe (Christopher), Linda Gray, Juan Pablo Di Pace (Nicholas) and more!

Check out the exciting season finale promo after the jump!  Use the hashtag on social media#WhichEwingdDies, and weigh-in on who you think will bite the bullet in the comment section below!

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  1. richard

    September 17, 2014 at 11:11 am

    My money is on Anne, so maybe then can bring back Victoria Principal next season!!!!!!! 🙂

    • clh

      September 17, 2014 at 11:45 am

      Victoria mad if very clear many times that she has no interest in ever returning to Dallas, so I don’t see that happening. Not too many choices as to who is expendable other that Anne or Pamela.

  2. Rodd

    September 17, 2014 at 11:13 am

    I can’t even imagine who it might be. I love all the characters on this wonderful show. A Ewing is a major character in this cast. Bobby and Sue Ellen are the pillars from the original, so I can’t see it being them. Christopher and John Ross are the pillars from the new version, so they’re out, in my mind. Then the boys’ lady-loves, Pamela and Elena just seem too diverse to be out. Could it be Ann? I hope not; she’s the “stable” one, the matriarch-type. The rest aren’t Ewings, so I’m stumped. And I hope that if they really do “kill off” one of the Ewings, it’s in an explosion or the like where a body is not recovered and then they show up alive next season. Guess I’ll have to watch and see.

  3. Mary SF

    September 17, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    What??? It’s over already— boy I was just getting into it again– when a show doesn’t have that many episodes to begin with they shouldn’t bother with the split season. I wished they had just aired the whole thing all at once— I had to wait months for it to come back and they had like five or six episodes and now it’s over— that was just silly. As to what Ewing will die— I personally think Christopher has outlived his usefulness as a character—hate to say that, but it’s true, this season Christopher really didn’t have much to do—the show would have work just fine without him—

  4. Mike

    September 17, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    This mystery stumps me as well. There are three characters that I think could go – but each has a reason not to. Anne overall seems to most expendable and would certainly open up story for Bobby – but come on, how manny times does Bobby have to lose a wife? And really, Anne is the link to the Rylands – without her, the Ewings and Rylands wold have little reason to interact, and any interaction would be lacking the emotional heft without Anne in the picture.

    Then we have Christopher. Yes, we think of him a a pillar of the new show, but really, is he? At least, anymore? When the show began, the stories worked on two levels – Bobby vs. JR and Christopher vs. John Ross. But with JR’s death, the dynamic has shifted. First, it was Bobby/Christopher vs. John Ross, but this year, it basically shifted to Bobby vs. John Ross with Christopher off on his own little island of story, basically with him dating the farm hand. When you think of his relationships, it seems redundant for him to go back to either Elena or Pamela – so, what do they do with him. Killing him off would be dramatic, but ultimately short sighted. Yes, as the show is currently structured, losing the character wouldn’t effect the show much at all, but IF the show is renewed and say, Patrick Duffy wants to cut back on work time, then they have no adversary for John Ross. Better to send Christopher off canvas for a while if they need to lose the character, rather than kill him.

    And then Elena. Yes, she isn’t currently a Ewing, but what if in a season finale twist, she and Christopher reunite after he saves her life, realize they want to be together, and quickly marry – only to have something happen that results in Elena’s death. Elena, like Christopher, has been sidelined from the main action this season (but unlike Christopher, her story was still connected to the main action). The death of her brother, and the estrangement of her mother from the Ewings, leaves little reason for Elena to be in the Ewing mix any longer. EXCEPT for that damaged diaphragm that could indicate a possible Ewing pregnancy. If they choose not to play that plot point, Elena is expendable. But if they do – well, it’s the character’s lifeline.

  5. sonniorsolita

    September 17, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    The only two characters who lift cleanly out of the storylines are Sue Ellen and Elena (once Joaquin/Nicholas is gone). But Linda Gray is so wonderful and popular, they aren’t going to kill her off. And obviously (too obviously) the whole reason for the icky holes-in-Elena’s-diaphragm and then sex with John Ross was to have her fall pregnant next season, so she’s not going anywhere. Sadly, I think that means it has to be Ann, as Bobby and Christopher won’t be going anywhere. It’s a mistake, in my opinion, as Brenda Strong is a lovely and warm actress. And Ann is the only character who seems to have any common sense 90 percent of the time! She’ll likely die in a way that cements the enmity between Bobby and Harris so that family feud can continue. And though I don’t think there’s a chance in heck that Victoria Principal will come back, they could re-introduce Jenna in some fashion or create a new love interest for Bobby. He’ll probably be busy trying to keep Emma on the straight and narrow “because it’s what Ann would have wanted.”

  6. Llanviewer717

    September 17, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    I certainly hope it is not Ann. She and Bobby are the most sane ones in the mix. I certainly would hate to see her go. And imagine Bobby’s guilt after their last go around. I’m thinking it may be Pamela. Last week she said she’s in this marriage for the long haul and plans to make JR’s life miserable.

  7. Charday

    September 17, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    Can’t wait for the season finale, but where’s the renewal for season four?!?!?

  8. JLH

    September 17, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    I love this show and am really concerned that we won’t see a season four. It’s ratings don’t look so hot… [sniff]

  9. Mark

    September 17, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    Let’s hope it’s Elena

  10. Belle

    September 17, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    The new Dallas is very good. The ratings should be outstanding! I agree with Mary; the season is too short.
    I would love for Victoria to return to Dallas, also. The old Dallas made her a star.
    I would hate for any Ewing to be killed; however, whatever, will add more fire to the show ; let it rip!

  11. Jt

    September 18, 2014 at 5:39 am

    Emma is my bet if they can somehow consider her a Ewing, would keep the feud alive with Harris. Anne would be too repetitive for all of Bobby’s wives ending up dead. This would be a repeat of the way April died

  12. Dom

    September 18, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    I say it’s Nicholas. He could turn out to be JR’s son. Everything is pointing to Ann but that’s to obvious. I do hope there’s a season 4! I didn’t think it was fair to Dallas to split the season up.

  13. Josh

    September 18, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    If Ann is murdered that would be the same thing that happened to his wife April. In my opinion that was a bad story line and I hope they don’t repeat it.

  14. Jeff

    September 19, 2014 at 11:10 am

    Maybe they are going to kill of Ray Krebbs, Gary or Lucy Ewing? They have had bit parts on the reboot but nobody would really miss them. I love the show and hope there is a season 4!

  15. Frank

    September 19, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    Dallas is a great show. Sue Ellen is my favorite. I think it’s going to be Christopher who dies.

  16. erin

    September 21, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    I think it will be Christopher or Ann who dies. Although I wish it would be Elena or Emma who dies. Can’t stand either one of them. Dallas is a great show. Want john Ross and Pamela to find their way back to each other. They belong together. They are the super couple of this version of dallas

  17. Jim

    September 21, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    I can’t wait until Monday night!! Even since JR has died, I am really enjoying the new twists and turns with the next generation.
    I am intrigued by the thought of a Ewing dead…. I will be glued to my TV waiting to see what happens….. I hope they do not cancel the show, its my favorite!!!

  18. christina

    September 22, 2014 at 1:27 am

    I believe it will be Ann..if Bobby has to chose 1 hostage in Mexico, he would chose Ann but she would insist that he save Emma, and she stays back…If not , it will be Christopher, for he seems to have been phasing out, no real need for him, and his acting stinks, the jesse metcafe that i know should be that suave guy on Desperate Housewives, equivalent to John Ross on Dallas, So it will be Ann-most likely, or Christopher, or Sue Ellen,,,,,they all had useless story lines this season…they are seen to be phasing out, and bobby can start going out with Tracy (Melinda Clarke from the OC–excellent show and actor)…

  19. tina

    September 22, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    Why did they kill off Christopher? He was a good person. And very sweet. He will be missed.

  20. jackie

    September 22, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    just finished watching the Dallas season finale. I am angry that Christopher Washington killed off. It will take a lot away from the show because bobby is getting older and if he has to leave Christopher and John Ross would be perfect rivals. If Christopher is really dead I will stop watching this show.

  21. Mramper

    September 22, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    The Ewing who dies is Christopher in the car explosion. I really liked Jesse Metcalfe and hate to see him go.

  22. dallaslvr

    September 23, 2014 at 1:17 am

    My favorite story lines in the show were the rivalry and, at times solidarity, between Christopher and John Ross, and the love saga of Christopher and Elena. I began watching the show because of Jesse Metcalf. The show no longer holds any appeal for me now. Why kill off any of the main characters at this point? Especially with the potential for a love triangle/feud with Elena’s pregnancy. These are the things that hold your female viewers’ interests. Poor choice. The obvious and heartbreaking choice would have been Anne, though I think killing off any of the Ewings was a bad idea. So disappointing.

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ABC and PEOPLE’s ‘The Story of Soaps’: What Was Your Review Of It?

Tuesday’s night airing of ABC and PEOPLE’s two-hour special The Story of Soaps featured many notable daytime and primetime soap stars, past and present, clips from backstage to classic memorable moments, and some participants who were providing commentary on the erosion of the daytime soaps in our culture.  Still others, maintained and realized that everything today is serialized from the news we watch, to some of Netflix’s most binge-watchable series, and of course, the birth of reality-programming.

Throughout the airing of the special, The Story of Soaps was trending on Twitter and social media either at the #2, #3 or #4 spots for the entire duration of the broadcast presentation, and the cancelled and beloved All My Children was also at one point trending.

However, known soap writers, journalists, ardent fans, and actors of the genre, were all on Twitter last night live-tweeting their thoughts as the special went down, and there was definitely mixed reactions and reviews, when all was said and done.

What the special did not shy away from, but tackled, was Luke’s rape of Laura at the campus disco on General Hospital. and how that moment now, as Genie Francis (Laura), so eloquently put, would be considered as ‘date rape’ in our culture.  The series even included a pivotal moment where Laura addresses Luke (Tony Geary) about the rape years later, after helping Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) through her rape ordeal.

John Stamos (Ex-Blackie Parrish, GH) got a bevy of “Right On’s!” for his comment that the soaps do not get the credit that they deserve and clearly came through as one of the soaps greatest supporters, as did former The Doctors and Knots Landing star, Alec Baldwin.

However, throughout the two-hours, Andy Cohen’s commentary was thread throughout; mostly citing soap’s demise and the creation of reality-programming and his “Real Housewives” franchise, that the special touted as the new soap operas.  It continued on the narrative that people preferred to see real-life drama then made-up drama on a fictional soap.  And while, that has been a trend in American culture for decades, the commentary came off as often out of place in a celebration of the soaps; and bringing in a lot of negativity to the special that soap fans were tired of hearing.

In a lighting rod moment, Cohen stated: “I know Susan Lucci doesn’t agree with me, but I think that the Housewives have replaced soap operas because truth is stranger than fiction. Soaps became kind of unnecessary because you could do it with real people, and they’re writing the drama themselves.”

The special did also address the cancellations of All My Children and One Life to Live, (which many were not sure they were going to do – given this special was airing on ABC), where One Life’s leading lady and six-time Daytime Emmy winner, Erika Slezak (Ex-Viki) said what we all wanted to sa ywhen the ax fell on the towns of Llanview and Pine Valley, “People were horrified”.

Clearly, OJ Simpson and his murder trial and reality-programming were also given a chunk of time to show where the once mighty landscape of daytime soaps which once had 13 shows on the air, dwindled town to 4.  But, it would have been nice to see more time spent on how in this day and age, the people in this current landscape of the genre work so hard to get episodes done at an unbelievable pace, and how in that climate the performers still deliver gut-wrenching performances.

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Former Loving, OLTL and Breaking Bad star, Bryan Cranston, did point out how the once powerful soaps, just don’t have the dollars they used to, and need to, to help with production costs and their taping schedule.

Viewers were reminded of soaps’ socially relevant storylines including hankie-inducing moments from: Robin (Kimberly McCullough) and Stone’s (Michael Sutton) HIV/AIDS storyline on General Hospital, to Billy Douglas being a gay teen coming out on One Life to Live, played by a young Ryan Phillippe.

There also did not seem time spent on the contributions of William J. Bell; one of the most prominent writers of the soap genre of all-time.

For many commenting on social media last night, there seemed to be a feeling of some glaring omissions of participants who could speak on this genre, who have been in the trenches as soap producers, soap writers, pundits, actors, and more, who were not included in the special.

So, what was your review of The Story of Soaps? How would you grade it? Do you feel it accurately reflected the history of the genre?  Were you happily surprised,  or when it came to the end where you over it, or somewhere in between? Sound off in the comment section below.  Below are some tweets from notables who have worked as an actor, a writer, and a journalist in the soaps.  

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Time to revisit Southfork during the coronavirus pandemic, with news on Friday that some of the cast from the original CBS primetime soap, Dallas will be participating in an online virtual chat next week!

According to Deadline, confirmed thus far are: Patrick Duffy (Ex-Bobby), Linda Gray (Ex-Sue Ellen), Charlene Tilton (Ex-Lucy) and Steve Kanaly (Ex-Ray).

They will all be part of the conversation on Friday, April 24th beginning at 8 p. m. EST.  The stars are taking part in the Stars in the House livestream series to raise money for The Actors Fund’s COVID-19 relief efforts.

Hosted by Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley, who have been bantering with cast members of several former and beloved shows, you can watch the virtual chat up on the Stars in the House website and on YouTube.

Since the first Stars in the House episode on March 16, the series has raised approximately $209,600 to benefit The Actors Fund.

So, will you be checking out the Dallas reunion next Friday? Comment below.

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‘Dallas’ star Ken Kercheval Dead At Age 83

Sad news to report for fans of the iconic primetime soap, Dallas.  Ken Kercheval, who played the thorn in J.R. Ewing’s (Larry Hagman) side, Cliff Barnes, has passed away.   The actor was 83 and died at his home in Indiana on Sunday.   The cause of death is under wraps.  He had been previously open about being a lung cancer survivor after years of smoking.

Kercheval was on Dallas for its entire run on CBS from 1978 to 1991, and returned to the TNT reboot from 2012 to 2014 to reprise his signature role.

On Dallas, Cliff Barnes was always the perennial loser when he went toe to toe with ruthless J.R, but in the final season, Cliff beats J.R at his own game and takes over Ewing Oil.  Cliff was also hopelessly in love with Sue Ellen Ewing (Linda Gray) and was the brother to Pam Barnes, played by Victoria Principal.

As for Ken’s first big acting breaks, that came on daytime soap operas when early in his career he appeared on Search for Tomorrow and How to Survive a Marriage.

Later, he appeared on episodic dramas such as Starsky & Hutch, and Crossing Jordan.  His final role was in a movie, 2019’s Surviving in L.A. said to be a comedy/drama in which he plays the business manager of a former teen sitcom star who trashed her life through drug abuse and is fresh out of rehab.

Share your thoughts on the passing of Ken Kercheval in the comment section below.   But first, watch him as Cliff Barnes in this scene from TNT’s Dallas when he sees J.R. for the first time in years!

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